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School of Theology and Ministry

Student Stories

Here just a few stories from the program's diverse students & alumni:



The ecumenical aspect at Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry is so important for future church leaders. I now have allies and friends in many different denominations and religions. This opens up new opportunities for how to be and 'do' church in the future.

Chelsea Globe, MDIV - Class of 2014
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry has given me a place to develop and integrate theology, spirituality, and a passion for social justice alongside a diverse community of caring and talented students. This has made ministry not merely a job but a way of life: allowing every moment to be an opportunity for service regardless of the context in which I find myself.

Justin Umbright, MDIV - Class of 2013
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

The MDiv with Chaplaincy program at Seattle University has been a perfect way to bridge a solid theological education with grounded experience in pastoral care and therapeutic settings. My classes are a solid blend of psychological theories and practice in one-on-one and group therapy settings that has encouraged my own psycho-spiritual development as well as granted me a safe place to practice the skills needed to come along side someone who is suffering, whether from illness, incarceration, social injustice or even just getting through the daily trials of life. MDiv with Chaplaincy takes the pastoral approach of exploring how we connect to God with our mind, body and soul to the next level of healthy, spiritual wholeness..

Jennifer Carlson - Current Student
Presbyterian Church USA

I consider the school's ability to ask me to know and articulate my own theology as a part of the brilliance of an ecumenical and interreligious Masters of Divinity education. Never once was I forced to believe a theology that I did not agree with, instead I was encouraged to formulate my own in an environment of respect and open-mindedness.

Terra Morgan, MDiv - Current Student
Unitarian Universalist Association


To be in this school is mutual-learning. We learn together with faculty, staff and other students.

Alfredo Feregrino, MDIV - Class of 2013 Co-Pastor, Abundant Life Church

I love the diversity of the school’s graduate student community and how it trickles down into class discussions. I’ve always been comfortable with my Methodist identity, but not my Christian identity and I’ve been able to discover that identity since coming to Seattle U. I’m a certified candidate for ministry for the United Methodist Church on the Deacon track.

Irene DeMaris, MDiv - Current Student United Methodist Church